“Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.” – Henry Ward 

Gratitude is THE most powerful positive emotion to attract all the wonderful things you desire into your life…We can never feel or express TOO MUCH gratitude for all the good already present in our lives. Here is an updated version of one of my favorite past blogs about Gratitude. I hope you enjoy it! 

As you know, today is Memorial Day in the U.S.A.  This holiday — originally called Decoration Day — began in 1868, as a time set aside to commemorate those who died fighting in the Civil War by decorating their graves with flags and flowers.  

But I find it equally appropriate to celebrate Memorial Day by taking a moment to remember with gratitude ALL those who have gone before you who have contributed to making you who are today:  

  • All the strangers, friends and loved ones who served in the armed forces to preserve your precious freedom.   
  • Your parents, grandparents and other dear ones who raised you and helped you determine the values you choose to live by. 
  • All the mentors and teachers who freely gave of their precious time to help guide you along your purposeful path.  
  • Everyone who has ever showed you the encouragement and love that nurtured your spirit and helped you grow into your authentic Self.   
  • Yes, and even those who disagreed with you honorably or sought to undermine you dishonorably — because they, too, had a hand in strengthening your character and determination to succeed against all odds. 

Let us today transform our sadness at the loss of those who contributed so much to our lives into abundant GRATITUDE for all they have contributed to us.  While sadness and regret are negative emotions that attract more pain, gratitude is one of the most powerful positive emotions there is.  Gratitude can help you put the Law of Attraction to work to make your most heartfelt dreams and ambitious intentions a reality.  If “energy attracts like energy,” as the Law of Attraction states, then feeling GRATEFUL for all those who have blessed your life with their presence can only attract more good to you. 

And because an abundantly prosperous life involves so much more than just money, I want to close with something profoundly simple, yet powerful, that I learned from my wise minister, Rev. Margaret.  It’s the Four Spiritual Truths to live by, which can help you create a life that is truly abundant and prosperous in every way. (I loved them so much, I had them made into a plaque for my office!) 

1)     Breathe deeply.  Breathing slowly and deeply nourishes your body with oxygen, makes you more alert to new ideas, and settles you down.  It makes you aware of being in the NOW and living fully in the present moment — which is really the only time that you have available to you.

2)     Live Fully.  Go out and make a miracle today.  God is busy and needs your help.

3)     Kiss slowly.  Appreciate all the love in your life – in ALL the forms it may take.  Don’t give your dearest loved ones just a hasty peck on the cheek as you bolt out the door.  Take time to really appreciate them and show them your love.

4)     Love wastefully.  Don’t hold back.  Spread your love around lavishly, so there isn’t a drop left at the end of your life.  Love can’t be hoarded; it must be spent to be enjoyed! 

I hope you enjoyed a gratitude-filled Memorial Day weekend with people you love.  If you didn’t, try following these Four Spiritual Truths, and watch what happens! 



Remember all those big, wonderful New Year’s resolutions and inspiring Big, Juicy Goals you set for yourself with such enthusiasm and optimism on New Year’s Day?  Well, how are you doing on fulfilling them? 

The five-week Fresh Start June Jumpstart Tele-course begins on Tuesday June 1 at 6pm PDT/9pm EDT. If you want 2010 to be the BEST year of your life yet, Career and Life Design expert Sue Koch and I will show you exactly how to make your Biggest, Juiciest Dreams a REALITY – not “someday,” but right NOW

But registration CLOSES on Tuesday, June 1, at 1pm Pacific/4pm Eastern time, so there’s no time to lose! Go here NOW: http://timeforafreshstart.com to register for the June Jumpstart Tele-seminar

The course registration form and ALL the information about the June Jumpstart Tele-course is also on the same web page as the audio replay of our recent F.R.E.E. 60-minute Tele-class, June Re-Start: It’s Not Too Late To Reach Your 2010 Goals!  

So, if you couldn’t be with us live, just go to http://timeforafreshstart.com to listen to the streaming audio of this powerful F.R.E.E. call! 

Don’t miss this opportunity, if you are ready to…

  • Clean out the “junk drawer” of your past to make room for exhilarating new possibilities
  • Discover the biggest goal-setting mistakes and how to eliminate them forever
  • Learn the secret to making your Big, Juicy Goals turn out successfully – with ease
  • Crash through the roadblocks to success once and for all
  • Find out how to make your Big, Juicy Dreams come true and have FUN doing it! 

Here’s what a few past participants in this powerful Jumpstart Tele-seminar have to say about how it helped them reach their Big, Juicy Goals this year: 

“I got a lot out of this course.  It made me realize what my true goal is and to start creating from that to get what I want for my family and myself… I will definitely use the tools from this course moving forward.” – Marci Ginger 

“This course made me realize what I was hiding from myself and my dreams behind my escape mechanism of self-induced clutter…” – Toni Federe   

In the past, I’ve had issues with saying I will do something and then letting it fall by the wayside. I am confident that with the Action Plan and accountability structures that this course helped me create, I will complete my journey to fulfilling my dream!  Thank you for getting me into action — FINALLY! ” – Penny Kempfert 

Your questions and comments are always welcome!  Please contact me at: caroll@practicalprosperitycoach.com.